Andrew Bynum Dealing with More Knee Issues

Oh boy…here we go again.

Yesterday in Toronto, Andrew Bynum said he felt a slight twinge in his knee during the fourth quarter. Today at practice he experienced the same soreness again. Bynum himself described the pain as “sharp” and was excused from practice by Phil Jackson.

It goes without saying that Bynum is a key factor in the quest to three-peat. Just look at how the Lakers perked up on the road once their security blanket in middle returned. While it’s too early to speculate it’s not too soon to be worried.

Perhaps this is just part of the process for Andrew to endure as he gets back up to speed. Bynum has already acknowledged that he’s just going to have to deal with certain types of pain from here out. The way he sacked up in Finals last year is a testament to Drew’s toughness. But this knee problem is already getting to be a broken record.

Bynum’s timeline to return to the Laker lineup was perpetually pushed back as each assessment changed when he was evaluated. Taking the cautious approach is the right thing to do with a young big man. The last thing we want is a Yao Ming-Greg Oden type situation here.

Still, it is very disconcerting to have to ponder another setback to Bynum’s health. It seems pretty obvious that we’ll never see a full season from Drew. For now, I’ll just settle for a full postseason. Whatever it takes, Bynum must be at full strength come playoff time. It’s going to take all hands on deck to defend the title this year.

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Greg Oden, Phil Jackson, Yao Ming

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  • http://www.versacourt.com/ Basketball Goal

    I understand Bynum being a big part of a championship run and the future of the franchise but I feel like this is going to be on the level of Yao where there are issues every season. Hoping that isnt the case.

    • Chris Shellcroft

      I hope we don’t have a Yao situation on our hands. Bynum is going to have leg issues for his career to be sure. hopefully they’re not the type that will change his career. But Phil Jackson has already said he think Drew will have to play limited minutes.

      If this is the guy the Lakers are planning on building after KB24 is gone then we’re going to have to seee a dramtic change in Drew’s health to make that a reality.

      • Colin

        Even before this latest knee pain Bynum has been experiencing, I don’t think anyone has been so disillusioned as to think that he is the one to take over when Kobe is gone. We’ll be lucky if Bynum is available by the time the playoffs roll around. I hate to say it, but I think it’s about time to look at replacing him permanently.

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